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The Creation of the Thanksgiving Holiday

The actual date of the first Thanksgiving is unknown. Colonist Edward Winslow recorded that it was held in the fall of 1621, but no specific date was given. The significance of the 1621 event was not immediately evident and thereafter, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Foods Word Find

Thanksgiving Foods Word Find

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Christmas Tree History Crossword Puzzle

For teachers, here’s a crossword puzzle on the history of the Christmas tree. The source document for this is the article on the history of the Christmas Tree on this site. Christmas Tree Crossword

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Thanksgiving History Crossword Puzzle

For teachers, here is a Thanksgiving History crossword puzzle. The source document for this can be found in the Thanksgiving articles on this site. Crossword Puzzles are a good best practice that acts as a gateway to higher order thinking … Continue reading

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The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre The infamous St. Valentine’s Day massacre occurred on February 14, 1929 on Chicago’s North Side. It was the result of a Prohibition era dispute between Al Capone’s South Side Italian Gang and Bugs Moran’s North … Continue reading

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The History of Valentine’s Day Cards

The History of Valentines Day Cards The oldest Valentine note still in existence dates to the early 1400s. Following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt, Charles, the Duke of Orleans, sent a love poem to his wife from his … Continue reading

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The History of Valentine’s Day

The History of Valentine’s Day Like many of our modern holidays, Valentine’s day is a mix of Christian and pagan traditions. There actually are three saints named Valentine (Valentinus) currently recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. All three lived in … Continue reading

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When Oliver Cromwell Banned Christmas

When Oliver Cromwell Banned Christmas When Oliver Cromwell established the Protectorate in England in 1653, it was a much a religious revolution as it was political. Cromwell and the victorious Parliamentarians belonged to the protestant religous sect known as the … Continue reading

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The History of Santa Claus

The History of Santa Claus He is known by many names: Santa Claus; St. Nicholas; Saint Nick; Father Christmas; Santa; or Kris Kringle. And he comes in many guises: a fur trimmed red suit; long flowing robes; an early Bishop’s … Continue reading

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The History of the Christmas Tree

The History of the Christmas Tree There has been a great deal of controversy over the history of the Christmas tree. Some scholars contend that it is primarily a 16th Century German tradition, while others claim that it extends back … Continue reading

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